Silverstein & hometown crowd!
Whoa, this is our 5th year covering Vans Warped Tour! Where did the time go?! This is also the first time at Warped Tour where I don’t listen to the majority of the bands and where I’m probably older than the majority of attendees, so it was an interesting experience.
Like last year, this year’s Warped Tour was held at the Molson Amphitheatre/Ontario Place. I have expressed my view on the venue last year here, long story short: I still prefer the parking lot at the Arrow Hall in Mississauga for its ease to navigate and room. This year was actually the first year Warped Tour does not have a Montreal date. That’s right — kids who used to attend the Toronto show and then make an overnight 6-hour trip to Montreal for the next date can’t do it anymore. Instead, there were Montreal fans who came to Toronto for the show. I felt that it was less crowded this year because I had less trouble making my way across the venue. My first thought was that there were lesser attendees this year, but considering Montreal also joined us, it didn’t quite make sense. A fellow photographer pointed out to me that the tents seemed to be more spread out than last year, so maybe that’s why the walkway was less congested at times.
This is my 6th time attending Warped Tour and it seems that the Toronto date gets rained on every year — I think I have only attended two Warped Tours where it didn’t rain. Last year, Warped Tour Toronto had to fight against the thunderstorm in a new venue, this year, it was raining on-and-off. It wasn’t a downpour like last year’s, but it was annoying in the way how it would drizzle, stops, rains again, and stop only to repeat the cycle again. There were probably three or four showers, and only one of those was bad enough and lasted for about two hours, and people had to actually break out their ponchos and hide away in tents. As annoying as the rain was, it finally stopped around 5pm and I was just grateful that it wasn’t a drastic storm.
Lambs Become Lions
When I first arrived at the venue, I was walking around the grounds trying to orient myself when I heard some lovely music (meaning: not the sound of screaming), so I went to investigate. Turns out it was Lambs Become Lions, a band from St. Catherines, Ontario playing at the Ernie Ball Stage. The sound of the acoustic guitar and keyboard with a female vocalist certainly captured my attention at first. That indie pop sound was refreshing to hear at a line up that’s predominately rock/hardcore/metalcore.
Crowd at Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides
From their elaborate stage make-up and theatricality, to the most recent drama about them using “fake amps,” Black Veil Brides is quite the controversial band. But they put on an entertaining performance. I thought it was quite timely how it began to rain when Biersack heads into the crowd at the third song of the set, it seems that drama follows BVB around and even Mother Nature couldn’t resist contributing to the band’s theatrics. Playing one of the main stages this year, frontman Andy Biersack is aware of the band’s haters and called them out like they do the band. It was amusing how toward the end of BVB’s set, Andy said to the crowd, “We have one more song for you. To our haters, I’m sorry we still have one more song for you but we’ll be off the stage soon.” It’s not easy being a band and it’s not easy being a band that everybody loves to hate but it seems BVB is handling it fine.
I hope these photos show you that Blessthefall put on quite a great live show. It was also during their set where it began to rain a lot but it didn’t stop the band and the fans from having a ton of fun.
Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon always brings on a huge crowd and a good show. They just released their fourth album Sempiternal in April and it was very well-received. I had chills when BMTH was playing “Shadow Moses” from the new album and the crowd screamed in unison, “THIS IS SEMPITERNAL.” I think those are the best moments at a show.
Bring Me The Horizon
I had never seen letlive. before but I’d heard so much about their one-of-a-kind live shows in which frontman Jason Butler unleash his crazy antics on stage and I was not disappointed from the energy of their performance. Butler ran across the stage, threw down a fake-amp, flipped the carpeted board that he was standing on, at one point he also walked off the stage to find a inflatable raft to crowd surf on. It was like nothing I have seen before.
Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith
Australian pop punk band Tonight Alive
The original founding member and frontman of Chiodos, Craig Owens, finally returns to the band after two and a half years. And this is the first tour with the band’s updated lineup and fans were stoked Owens is back to Chiodos.
August Burns Red
The Used was denied entry into Canada last year because of frontman Bert McCracken’s criminal record. I’m not sure how and why they got across the border this year, but they brought a damn show with them. The Used was the only band on the line up I was really looking forward to see since I had never seen them before. I wasn’t sure what to expect and then The Used and fans took over the stage in colourful masks. After the first song (I believe it was “Take It Away”), the band and the fans threw out coloured powder out to the crowd (and the photographers in the photo pit), then Bert took off his bright pink mask.
We Came As Romans, the last set.
Until next year!